Beach 365 is sharing its success after saving money and helping the environment by reducing waste and energy costs using the free online program ecoBiz.
ecoBiz is designed to help businesses in their journey to stop wasting and start saving.
More than 1000 Queensland businesses have registered for the program and as a result 90% of them have recorded an increase in savings and productivity.
Local Bundaberg business, Beach 365 is just one of the businesses working with ecoBiz and has already seen positive results.
Beach 365 Managing Director, Cyndi Kruschel said the indoor beach facility had been working with ecoBiz since 2019 and was impressed with the free program.
“We were looking for ways to reduce our energy and waste costs and were impressed it was a free service,” she said.
“We have seen a lot of positive results, especially in energy consumption.
“However, due to closure for COVID, we'll need to wait another 12 months to get a better picture.”
The ecoBiz program is funded by the Queensland Government and supports small to medium businesses to develop an action plan to help save money and increase efficiencies.
Working one on one with a regional expert, the program also assists businesses in reducing their impacts on the environment.
Cyndi said as a service provider, they didn’t realise how much it applied to their facility.
“We didn't think we had much impact on the environment but now that we have talked it through, we realise that by setting an example to our customers we can have a larger impact in the community,” she said.
Outcomes for all industries
The ecoBiz program works with a wide variety of business, industries and organisations including several in the Bundaberg Region.
Cyndi said they were surprised to discover ecoBiz supported small family businesses like Beach 365.
“This is something I thought would be best suited to businesses in the manufacturing or produce category, but it's been a pleasant surprise to find out that even a small family business like ours can benefit from the ecoBiz program,” Cyndi said.
“It can be a bit daunting, as a single operator, to spend extra time you don't have finding information for the coaches, but it really does pay off in the long run.
“They are so patient and understanding that it makes it an easy process.”
Businesses of all sizes can benefit from the free program.
Cyndi said she would definitely recommend the ecoBiz program to other businesses around the region.
“At the very least, businesses can be educated, build partnerships and work towards more sustainable goals. As a bonus you can reduce overhead costs.”
Bundaberg Regional Council is working with ecoBiz to support the community in becoming more sustainable in their everyday business practices.
To start your ecoBiz journey or for more information visit their website.